Bear Creek Golf Club

4.1123000000 4.1 stars from 5 (187)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6804 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 237 Whooping Crane Way, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-9510
  • (843) 681-2517
  • www.bearcreekgolfclub.org
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Year built: 1980
Architect(s): Rees Jones (1980), Bryce Swanson (1980), Rees Jones (2006)
Type: Private
Greens: Super Dwarf TifEagle Bermuda
Fairways: 419 Tifway Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6804 yards 74.2 139
Blue 72 6486 yards 72.4 135
White 72 6162 yards 71.3 133
Gold 72 5727 yards 69.7 125
Gold (W) 72 5727 yards 73.9 131
Green 72 5316 yards 67.6 119
Green (W) 72 5316 yards 71.9 128

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 187 Reviews
5 stars:
72
4 stars:
81
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

158 out of 187 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course was fun to play."


dsleach's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I found the course in good shape and a challenge. I also found the bunkers easy to find.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



miketoll69's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"More challenging than I'm used to"


judieking99's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I loved the course design. It allowed me to use quite a few of my in-between clubs in my bag. The weather was beautiful & we had a great experience. I would definitely recommend this course to friends & family.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"JD at Bear Creek"


johnsgolf1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course conditions were very good, considering it is late winter. Greens were smooth, in good shape and fast. The sand traps had adequate sand , unlike some other courses we played.. Just the right balance of woods and water to make this challenging for the intermediate golfer , and multiple choices of tees to fit your age and/or handicap. The course personnel were very nice. An extra bonus was the free beer & sandwich included in the price. Definitely will play this course again when we return to HH island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Interesting course with very friendly staff at a great rate"


nickharding's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time and the weather was not helpful but we enjoyed the course and the staff could not have been more friendly. In addition we unexpectedly received a voucher for a free lunch! Super competitive with other Hilton Head courses


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Appealling and fair"


donbobely's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Nice layout for both low and high handicaps. Many right and left dogleg holes making you think about your tee shots. The only negative about the course is the condition of their bunkers. I experienced more than a dozen bunkers over the 18 holes and there was little to no sand in them, making it difficult to play a decent sand shot and holding the greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Quick round"


Charles9423207's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value for the money. We played in 3.5 hours. Greens recently air rated so they were not rolling true. But good layout and interesting course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u3456582's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Best course I've played in HHI"


Keith0709's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played here today and man was the course fabulous. The weather was great around 60 and calm conditions. The clubhouse was great and putting green was great. I played with two guys that where just there for the fun of it but they where very nice. The course itself was great and had a lot of water. Surprisingly I saw 3 gators which was very odd since its December. The par 3s where amazing I loved 18 with water in front my ball landed right next to the water but stayed in.

After your round stay at the clubhouse and watch the players finish on the patio. The service was great and the locals where very nice and courteous. The BLT I had was very good! Next time I am back in the area I will check it out again and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to play a great golf course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/17/2016

This review was not possible because the course is not open due to hurricane damage. No opening date set .


"Nice course with great Par 3's"


danestes's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout with variety of club choices from all tees. Choose wisely though as the fairways are narrow and the rough is tough. Neat tees with some feeling like you are coming out of a chute. So control ball flight left to right and up and down. Love that about the course. Par 3's were my favorite thing about this course. Not too long but very challenging from the back tees. Everyone working here was very friendly and helpful especially the lady in the grill room. Great conversation and incite to history of Club and direction they are trying to go. Will definitely be back again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was very wet"


Roblove's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Big rain the night before was responsible for cart path only and wet,unraked and poorly prepared bunkers which ruined the experience for me.

Made it a non-counting round.The course is esthetically lovely.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice trac"


u000006723927's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a good challenge, more so when it's cart path only and deep, wet rough. Excellent value.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Slow play/harassed"


macka1606's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It could be my imagination but I felt like they were harassing us because we paid on golf now and got the "hot deal." We play bogey golf, but definitely aren't slow. We were asked 3 times to let someone play through. There's no hot dogs/food at the turn/clubhouse. One of the greens keepers with broken English asked us if we were told we could drive on the fairway. We said no, less than 5 minutes later someone (no starter that day because they "were slow") drove up and said "sorry folks, i might've forgot to mention cart paths only. Enjoy." Then it was just continued, it was somewhat friendly harassment, but harassment nonetheless. Every few holes a worker was watching us, just super uncomfortable play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Good course goof value"


In2golfing's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played in the PM & was able to play the course in 3.5 hours. Good layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Super find!"


ef548d04's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout and a great value! Got golf and a good lunch for 50 bucks!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Disappointed"


TitusEnnis9817's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was our first time playing Bear Creek. Our group was very disappointed. The course had to be great 10-15 years ago but it has fallen into disarray. Crabgrass on most tees, bare spots on all tees, traps were not maintained, greens were aeriated ( there was no mention of that before we booked the round) and debris was laying on much of the course. As you can tell, we will not return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great deal and nice course"


grantdavis99's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great deal for the money and the staff was excellent.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Best Course on HHI"


kevhortz's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Bear Creek is a hidden gem on HHI. From a golfers perspective the track is a challenging, yet fair layout. The course is in great shape. I've never had a round over 4 hours. For the price, the quality of course/greens, the food, & the wonderful staff, you couldn't choose a better place to play.

If you live here, be sure to checkout the membership options which are second to none.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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